Nov 21st, 1997
- Existing House: 140 sq.m. New Addition: 20 sq.m. Duration: 6 months Value: €150,000
- Originally a Victorian semi-detached house built around an earlier stone-mason’s cottage, this house was single-storey to the front and 2-storey to the rear and was in extremely poor structural condition. The new owner needed to restore the structure of the house, provide all-new electrical, heating, sanitary and plumbing services, and upgrade all the finishes and fixtures. This required the demolition of most of the building to the rear of the facade, which gave an opportunity to reorganise the layout of the house.
- Critically the original staircase located to the rear of the hall was removed, and a new staircase was repositioned to one side of the hall. With a 2-metre-square pyramid roof-window overhead, this stair became a light-well bathed in natural light, and combined with carefully positioned internal glazed openings, bounced natural light around illuminating rooms on both floors. The staircase was completed with a full-height mosaic wall by the artist Orla Kaminska, and a swivel porthole window/ mirror to the Ensuite bathroom beyond.
- The valley between front and rear pitched roofs was ‘bridged’ with a hidden flat roof, allowing for significantly more floor space upstairs, and provided a south-facing triangular window providing warm penetrating sunshine to the heart of the house.
- The new insulated concrete floors to the rear kitchen/ dining areas were inlaid with stainless steel bands, and finished with a coloured acid-stain. Elsewhere original doors and windows were retained and restored where possible.